Thursday, June 14, 2012
Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Ember (August 14, 2007)
Length: 264 pages
Description from Goodreads:
Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?
Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.
Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?
*DISCLAIMER* I am completely in love with this book and absolutely biased.
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause is my favorite werewolf book of all time. The characters and story and amazingly in depth and create the perfect stand alone book. Vivian is a wonderful mix of kick-butt and vulnerability. She longs for something she can't name...is it "love or normalcy?" she dates a human, but is it because she really likes him or because he isn't loup garoux? This is one troubled girl. Then there is the way she confronts everyone head on. You have to admire that about her. As for Aiden...I don't know. He isn't my favorite character, but I can actually see someone behaving the way he does. Gabriel is a werewolf I have a crush on! Some readers have had problems with this character because he is older than Vivian (I think 24 and she's 17 or 18). I did not and loved the dynamic between these two. Onto the rest of the story! It was wonderful. The whole aspect changing and pack relations fascinated me. The mythology behind the loup garoux was interesting and had me wanting to read more werewolf books. The ending of the book is wonderful and completely unexpected. I never would have guessed that in a million years. If I am to review this book with any objectivity or criticism at all there would only be one thing that sticks out. That thing is that other than Vivian and one of the human girls the rest of the women in the story are absolutely horrible. They are constantly fighting and trying to show each other up over men. This didn't make me love the book any less. If you haven't read this book I highly recommend that you do immediately. If you have seen the movie and not read the book...please rectify this immediately! They are NOTHING alike. This book gets a 4 1/2 STAR rating.
**Stay tuned for Movie Musings: Blood and Chocolate!